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Public corruption prosecutions: a panel

Nearly everyone agrees with prosecuting public officials (as well as, on occasion, lobbyists and other private actors) for bribery and some other instances in which officials trade, or are asked to trade, a quid pro quo of official action for money or gifts. Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: November 22nd - 28th

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago The parade of horrors from the TSA continued this week, as the world continued reacting to the new enhanced security processes. One man stripped down in an attempt to avoid being groped and ended up under arrest for failing...Show More Summary

Awesome Stuff: A New Approach To Smartphone VR

20 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Google Cardboard is a wonderful way to make virtual reality more accessible (you can even grab one on sale in the Insider Shop) but it still has its limitations. Today we're looking at a new twist on smartphone-powered VR: the Figment phone case with built-in viewer. Show More Summary

Like fairness? You’ll love the new command economy

21 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Don’t teach women how to negotiate. Just ban salary negotiations altogether.” [Nora Caplan-Bricker, Slate] Tags: sex discrimination Like fairness? You’ll love the new command economy is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Non-Sequiturs: 11.27.15

That was fast! When Howard Bashman (of our sister site How Appealing) talks, the U.S. Supreme Court listens. [How Appealing] She doesn't mention it much on the campaign trail, but Carly Fiorina is the daughter of Article III aristocracy -- the late Judge Joseph T. Show More Summary

Revamping The ‘Counsel’ Role

What do we talk about when we talk about "counsel"?

Coincidentally Just In Time For Black Friday, It's The Techdirt Gear Clearance Sale!

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We never planned to have a Black Friday event, but we have been getting ready to hold big sale for a while now, and it just so happens to have serendipitously coincided with the (in)famous shopping event — so here it is! Starting today, we're clearing out all our existing Techdirt merchandise to make room for new offerings in the future. Show More Summary

Son Of Scalia Comes To Dad’s Defense

How would you like it if your father got unfairly criticized on national television?

Class-Action Attorneys’ Fees Under Fire

A case before California’s highest court could fundamentally change the way class-action attorneys are paid—and cut lawyers’ fees in the process.

Saudi Arabia plans to sue Twitter user who called it #ISISlike

Watch what you say about Saudi Arabia: According to a report in pro-government newspaper Al Riyadh, the Saudi justice ministry is planning to sue a Twitter user who suggested that a death sentence recently handed out to a Palestinian...Show More Summary

Oil Downturn Sends Texas Law Firm Packing

The extended slump in oil prices is spurring one Houston-based law firm to shut its doors. But the closure is unlikely to spell doomsday for big law firms that raced to Houston in recent years to grab oil and gas work.

What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks

As the world grapples with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the policy implications for issues such as the acceptance of refugees and continued military participation in the fight against ISIL have unsurprisingly come to the fore. Show More Summary

Are Canadian Internet Privacy Laws at Risk?

Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 23, 2015 as Paris Attacks Put Canada’s Internet Privacy Laws At Risk As the world grapples with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the policy implications for issues such as the acceptance...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 11.27.15

Ed. note : We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. As we mentioned before Thanksgiving, we'll be on a reduced publication schedule today. Randall Kennedy, one of the African-American Harvard Law School professors whose portraits got marked with black tape, shares HLS alum Elie Mystal's reaction to the incident: he is unimpressed. Show More Summary

Preemption 201 – Recent Cases Raising Specialized Issues

In case you haven’t noticed, we like preemption. We’ve even called ourselves “obsessed” with it. And with good reason. Preemption, where it’s available, is the most powerful defense around – capable of wiping out an entire MDL with a single motion to dismiss. Show More Summary

Why the Supreme Court’s Endorsement of Technological Neutrality in Copyright May Be Anti-Technology

The Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited decision in SODRAC v. CBC today, a case that has major implications for the role of technological neutrality in copyright. As I noted when it was argued before the court, though the...Show More Summary

Yik Yak for good

Invoking Title IX, that law of so many uses, some identity advocates are demanding that colleges curtail student access to the chat service Yik Yak, popular for anonymous chatter on campus. While the press routinely portrays Yik Yak as a sump of digital hostility, Virginia Postrel found something quite different when she went on. Show More Summary

Two More Top Lobbyists to Leave Squire Patton Boggs

Lobbyist Kevin O'Neill, one of the highest ranking legacy Patton Boggs partners at Squire Patton Boggs, will leave the firm along with another lobbyist. The departures, like dozens over the past three years, highlight how few of the old Patton Boggs has stuck with the global firm as it attempts to rebuild its lobbying capabilities.       

Stupid Patent Of The Month: Infamous Prison Telco Patents Asking Third-Parties For Money

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Plenty of businesses rely on third-party payers: parents often pay for college; insurance companies pay most health care bills. Reaching out to potential third-party payers is hardly a new or revolutionary business practice. But someone should tell the Patent Office. Show More Summary

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